Background In January 2007 the Working Environment Information Centre published a theme called ‘Facts and myths about stress’ in collaboration with the National Research Centre for The Working Environment (NRCWE).‘Fact and myths about stress’ is an excellent example of practical science communication.

The agenda of the theme is the fact that the stress debate in the Danish media has been quite massive about different studies of varying scientific quality, for example informing that more than half of the population is seriously stressed. The professional point of view was that the debate was leading to doubtful conclusions, e.g. using the word stress in a wrong meaning and to make it more difficult to identify and help persons at risk.

Objective The objective of the theme was to provide offensive science‐based knowledge and conclusions of background information about stress. The long‐term goal is to tell what the facts and what the myths about stress are, and the short‐term goal is to reach consensus about the scientific‐based conclusion – that only about ten percent of the Danish people are at risk of being seriously stressed. The target group is professionals in the working environment system, managers, employees, politicians, and journalists.

Results At http://www.arbejdsmiljoviden.dk/Arbejdsmiljoviden_dk/Aktuelt/Temaer/stress‐tema.aspx you will find more information about the theme 'Facts and myths about stress'.

The theme offers:

Focus on international science about stress through interviews with international expects For example at the centre web‐site www.arbejdsmiljoviden.dk, it is possibly to find a double interview with the two key stress‐scientists, research director of Unifob Health (Bergen, Norway), Hege Eriksen and professor Holger Ursin (University of Bergen), who are discussing the CATS theory. In addition it is possibly to find lots of background information, advices, experiences, guides and practical examples about stress.

Journalistic articles published in the magazine "Working Environment" no. 1, 2007. The main article is an interview with Palle Ørbæk, director at the NFCWE explaining the discrepancy between being seriously stressed or just being busy. Another article is an interview with the Danish scientist Kjeld Fredens (Vejlefjord Neural Rehabilitation Centre) explaining what happens in the brain when you are stressed.

As an additional product we have published the pamphlet 'Facts and Myths about stress' written by professor Tage S. Søndergaard, NRCWE. It presents scientific facts about stress and dismisses common myths: What is stress, how to deal with it, how to avoid it, etc.

The Centres online shop www.arbejdsmiljobutikken.dk is offering several books and pamphlets about stress.

Finally a printed fact sheet and a newsletter advertising the theme was sent out to the users.

Conclusion The stress theme is our most popular theme published in 2007. It has the highest rank according to hits on our home page, and has attracted significant attention at work‐shops and conference meetings. The theme has also got lots of attention in both the printed and electronic press and have led to interviews and features in national public television‐and radioprograms. As a result several central working environment persons and unions in Denmark has begun to systematically making links to our website theme and are also often referring to the Centres knowledge and data telling that not fifty but only ten percent of the Danish people are being at risk at getting stressed.

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Stress
An excellent example of practical science communication

Hanna Madslund   National Research Centre for the Working Environment

Soren Jensen   Working Environment Information Centre/National Research Centre for the Working Environment

Hannah Weil   Working Environment Information Centre

Charlotte Knudsen   Working Environment Information Centre

Brian Knudsen   Working Environment Information Centre

Background In January 2007 the Working Environment Information Centre published a theme called ‘Facts and myths about stress’ in collaboration with the National Research Centre for The Working Environment (NRCWE).‘Fact and myths about stress’ is an excellent example of practical science communication.

The agenda of the theme is the fact that the stress debate in the Danish media has been quite massive about different studies of varying scientific quality, for example informing that more than half of the population is seriously stressed. The professional point of view was that the debate was leading to doubtful conclusions, e.g. using the word stress in a wrong meaning and to make it more difficult to identify and help persons at risk.

Objective The objective of the theme was to provide offensive science‐based knowledge and conclusions of background information about stress. The long‐term goal is to tell what the facts and what the myths about stress are, and the short‐term goal is to reach consensus about the scientific‐based conclusion – that only about ten percent of the Danish people are at risk of being seriously stressed. The target group is professionals in the working environment system, managers, employees, politicians, and journalists.

Results At http://www.arbejdsmiljoviden.dk/Arbejdsmiljoviden_dk/Aktuelt/Temaer/stress‐tema.aspx you will find more information about the theme 'Facts and myths about stress'.

The theme offers:

Focus on international science about stress through interviews with international expects For example at the centre web‐site www.arbejdsmiljoviden.dk, it is possibly to find a double interview with the two key stress‐scientists, research director of Unifob Health (Bergen, Norway), Hege Eriksen and professor Holger Ursin (University of Bergen), who are discussing the CATS theory. In addition it is possibly to find lots of background information, advices, experiences, guides and practical examples about stress.

Journalistic articles published in the magazine "Working Environment" no. 1, 2007. The main article is an interview with Palle Ørbæk, director at the NFCWE explaining the discrepancy between being seriously stressed or just being busy. Another article is an interview with the Danish scientist Kjeld Fredens (Vejlefjord Neural Rehabilitation Centre) explaining what happens in the brain when you are stressed.

As an additional product we have published the pamphlet 'Facts and Myths about stress' written by professor Tage S. Søndergaard, NRCWE. It presents scientific facts about stress and dismisses common myths: What is stress, how to deal with it, how to avoid it, etc.

The Centres online shop www.arbejdsmiljobutikken.dk is offering several books and pamphlets about stress.

Finally a printed fact sheet and a newsletter advertising the theme was sent out to the users.

Conclusion The stress theme is our most popular theme published in 2007. It has the highest rank according to hits on our home page, and has attracted significant attention at work‐shops and conference meetings. The theme has also got lots of attention in both the printed and electronic press and have led to interviews and features in national public television‐and radioprograms. As a result several central working environment persons and unions in Denmark has begun to systematically making links to our website theme and are also often referring to the Centres knowledge and data telling that not fifty but only ten percent of the Danish people are being at risk at getting stressed.

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